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About Middle School Athletics
Students grades 6-8 are welcomed to participate in the many LEAP athletic opportunities available throughout the academic year and summer. It is the vision of LEAP to provide students with increased opportunities for engagement beyond the school day through educational and recreational activities to improve learning, health, and wellness. Physicals are required for Middle School students to participate in LEAP sports offerings. Physicals dated April 15th of the prior school year may be turned in to the Main Office at East Middle School or the North Wing Office at West Middle School. Visit the LEAP website (www.tcaps.com/programs/LEAP) for more information.

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  • Boys Basketball (Grades 6-8)

    About Middle School Basketball LEAP middle school basketball welcomes 6-8 grade students of all ability levels and experience. This 8-week program of educational athletics will focus on skill development, gaining an appreciation for the sport of basketball, and teamwork. Effort, attitude, and commitment will directly influence individual growth within the program. A high level of sportsmanship will be expected of all involved with the program. It is our goal to prepare as many young student athletes as possible for involvement at the next level. Students are evaluated by the Director of Basketball Operations (DOBO) as well as the other coaches on staff. We have 3 tiers in middle school basketball (gold, white & green/black): Gold Tier Teams: All 6th graders are placed on a gold tier team. Gold tier teams are created as equitable as possible based on evaluation results. With rare exception, 6th grade teams will only play other gold tier teams from both East and West Middle Schools. White Tier Teams: The white tier has a combination of grade specfic teams, as well as teams made up of both 7th & 8th grade students. White tier teams will play other white tier teams from EMS and WMS. On occasion, white tier teams have the opportunity to play outside competition. These teams are still working on growing and improving their fundamental skill set, while also working towards involvment at the next level. Combining grades on some white tier teams allows for intermediate level players to learn and grow at the same pace as their peers, regardless of grade level. Black & Green Tier Teams: The black & green tiers are made up of the most advanced players in 7th & 8th grade. Athletes placed in the black/green tiers will play most of their games against teams from other school districts. Students placed at this level have strong fundamental skill sets and are ready for a higher level of instruction and play. It is our goal to prepare these student athletes for involvement at the next level. Season Start & End Dates Monday, October 24, 2022 - Monday, December 19th, 2022 Practice Schedule Practices during any one-week may include any of the 7 days during the week and will be between 1 and 3 hours long on any given day (based on the availability of the coach). Practice start times will range from immediately after school to 8 pm during the week and from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturdays and/or 1 pm to 6 pm on Sundays. Once student athletes are evaluated and placed on a team, you will be contacted by his coach and receive the practice schedule for the remainder of the season. East Middle School Practice Schedule Preliminary Evaluation Clinics Monday, October 24, 2022 6th Grade - 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 7th Grade - 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm 8th Grade - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Tuesday, October 25, 2022 6th Grade - 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 7th Grade - 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm 8th Grade - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Wednesday, October 26, 2022 6th Grade - 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 7th Grade - 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm 8th Grade - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Thursday, October 27, 2022 TIMES MAY CHANGE DEPENDING ON COACHES MEETING 6th Grade - 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm 7th Grade - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 8th Grade - 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm Individual team practices will begin the week of: October 31, 2022. Coaches will be reaching out to players/families regarding practice days/times. West Middle School Practice Schedule Preliminary Evaluation Clinics Coaches will be reaching out to players/families regarding practice days/times. Game Schedule Games: Games will be scheduled between 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm beginning November 7, 2022. Games are typically played Mondays and Wednesdays. Exact game schedules TBD. Admission Prices: Admission will be charged for home contests. General Admission - $3.00 Children 5 & Under - Free Tournaments: Several Saturday tournaments will be scheduled for the black & green tier teams. On occasion, white tier teams may participate in Saturday tournaments. Exact tournament schedules TBD. Exact game schedules will be communicated to players through their coach following evaluations. **all dates are subject to change based on the availability of officials** Director of Basketball Operations East Middle School Tom Passinault passinauto@tcaps.net West Middle School Jess Bocian jessicaoberman@yahoo.com 3 STEP ENROLLMENT PROCESS: 1) Registration & Payment: Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, TCAPS Middle School athletes will now participate under the umbrella of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA). The middle school teams under the MHSAA must be composed of students enrolled in TCAPS. MHSAA teams include Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Cross Country, Wrestling, Softball, and Track & Field and Tennis. In addition to MHSAA teams, LEAP will still have non-MHSAA teams in Volleyball and Basketball. LEAP will accept students from non-TCAPS schools on our non-MHSAA teams whenever possible. If your student is not enrolled at TCAPS, please register for the school team he or she attends. If your school is not listed, please select the Non-TCAPS option and enroll your student as an individual. All out-of-district individual students will initially be placed on a waitlist. Following the close of registration, these individuals will be contacted by LEAP to inform you if your student’s enrollment has been accepted. Deadline: Friday, October 14th, 2022. TCAPS Students: $125.00 Reduced fees are available to TCAPS students who qualify for the free and reduced meals program: Reduced Meals Participation Fee: $70.00 if registered by the deadline Free Meals Participation Fee: $40.00 if registered by the deadline TCAPS shared-time students: $145.00 TC Christian, Trinity Lutheran, GTACS, Children’s House Non-shared time students: $165.00 Grand Traverse Academy, Greenspire, Homeschool, Pathfinder, Woodland Reduced Rates are not available for any Non-TCAPS students. Registration deadlines are final. Late registrations may not be accepted after the posted registration close date. If late registration is available, there will be a $25.00 late fee added to the cost of registration. Payment is required at the time of registration. Register using a Discover, MasterCard, Visa, or ACH via a checking or savings account below. Payment with cash or check can be made in the LEAP office located at Central High School. Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Please call the LEAP office at 231.933.6570 for more information. Note: Registration is not complete until your course appears in your dashboard. You will also receive an email from Eleyo confirming your registration. If you do not receive the confirmation email or see the course in your dashboard, be sure you have not left any course items in your shopping basket. If you did not receive an email from Eleyo or see your course in your dashboard, the payment was not processed and the student is not registered. 2) Final Forms: ALL STUDENTS MUST REGISTER FOR A FINAL FORMS ACCOUNT IN ADDITION TO REGISTERING/PAYING Please register at: https://traversecity-mi.finalforms.com and follow the prompts to create your account, create your students, and sign your forms. If you require any support during the process, scroll to the page bottom and click “Use Support,” or feel free to contact our office. NOTE: During parent registration, you will need to input your students’ TCAPS email address. 3) Sports Physicals: Middle School Athletes must have an updated physical on file each school year. Sports physicals must be dated April 15th, 2022 or later, & can be used for the entire '22-'23 school year. Your athlete MAY NOT attend practices/evaluations etc until this is on file. Once obtained please feel free to screenshot and email directly to: kielda@tcaps.net Need a new physical? Download and print the TCAPS physical form here, and then please call your family physician to schedule a physical for your child. Email completed sports physicals to kielda@tcaps.net Helpful Information: District provided transportation is NOT available for boys basketball season. Parent/guardian transportation is required for all practices and games within the district. Transportation to out of district contests is subject to availability. Games will be officiated by registered officials, score will be kept. FAQ - Basketball Milk Crate Basketball Assistance Need an “Assist” this season? LEAP is proud to partner with Milk Crate Basketball, a local nonprofit organization assisting KIDS IN NEED with resources to play and enjoy the game of basketball. Through donations and merchandise sales, Milk Crate Basketball provides kids with a wide range of items needed in order to play and enjoy basketball — shoes, basketballs, hoops, athletic wear, registration fees, etc. [Download the Assist Application for this season.] Want to learn more about Milk Crate Basketball? For more information: visitwww.milkcratebasketball.org.